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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Is there a single feature that would prompt you to upgrade?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 29
Views: 847
Low light high iso capability. The more the better, in the APS C line. Second, I think I'm relying on the top LCD a lot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
16-50 DA* vs. Sigma 17-70 Contemporary
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 650
I don't have the Sigma, but do have the Pentax DA 17-70, which some say is just slightly better than the Sigma variants and some say is just slightly worse. I just HAD to try the 16-50 for supposed better IQ. I certainly like the IQ, but the IQ on the 17-70 was great to begin with. My thought is that you could get the 16-50 if you need constant f 2.8 and/or weather sealing. If you do't need that, Sigma is still good. I also have a hard time parting with great equipment. I promised that I would compare the IQ of my 17-70 and 16-50, consider the benefits of each lens, and then sell one of them. That was over 3 years ago and I still have them both. So you could buy the 16-50 and compare the IQ and features and promise to yourself that you will sell one of the lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 1,261
Great to hear. The motor skills will likely continue to develop for years to come. Your approach to encourage without pushing is a good one, I think. My daughter, with my old K100d Super and a DA 40, took some photos while just hanging about the house and they were probably better than most of my attempts. You gotta wonder.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 1,261
Thanks for sharing. I agree! You (and she) are quite fortunate to have that much of a selection to try out. Let us know how the progression of the DSLR goes with her. Sometimes youth will see differently than adults and actually capture some compelling photos, if for no other reason than they are at a different place than we are.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2018, 09:25 PM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 123
Views: 4,090
Likely stay with Pentax and restructure the kit. I'd get a Kp, 15, 20-40, and 70 limiteds and stop there. My wants/needs have changed over the recent years is what is driving that change. I'd stay with Pentax for the value, performance, and familiarity. But, other tempts include Fuji and micro 4/3's. I think Pentax still wins out, however.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-11-2018, 01:59 PM  
Just got my first DSLR, a K-5! Any tips on using manual lenses?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 38
Views: 950
Congrats. I have a K-5 and it is indeed fine. My initial SLR experience was with a film Pentax and I just thought the split screen for focusing was just how it would always be done. Imagine my dismay when the DSLR's i found DON'T have the split screen! So focusing manual lenses was much more difficult for me and the results were more varied. I'm told that the k-5 has live view but I have not tried it. If I was using only manual lenses, that is what I think I'd try.

I think it is wise to read the manual, and maybe some other photo texts, depending on your prior level of experience.

And be sure to have fun!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2018, 08:47 PM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 741
If you like it, hang onto it. It may last 100,000 more. Like others, why fix what isn't broke. Messing with it may not improve anything.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-04-2018, 10:44 AM  
Is the Sigma EF-610 DG Super compatible with K1?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 8
Views: 388
I have that flash and it is safe on K-5 and K100d Super. i wish I had experience with other flashes, though, as sometimes this flash seems a little unintuitive and fiddly. I can mostly do a good job with it; my experiences with other flashes might be similar, more or less but who knows.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2018, 10:38 AM  
What the Duck! D-FA* 50/1.4
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 42
Views: 2,626
I love those couple of pictures! Thanks for sharing and demonstrating the qualities of the lens. As always, however, the photographer has something to do with it also!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 08:23 PM  
DFA*50/1.4 First Impressions WOW!! (first images follow)
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 12
Views: 1,176
Thanks for this review, and I'm glad it is being such a positive experience for you. As for your quote, I've felt that way for quite some time. I don't have K-1 and don't know when I'll get that. I'm very happy with APS-C.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-30-2018, 08:02 PM  
Repairing DA* 16-50 Broken Zoom
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Thanks greatly for the info and photos. I will not be trying a repair. My 16-50 zoom did freeze and I paid about $280 for the repair, which took just under 3 mos. total time. I have been curious about doing a lens repair, however. Some of the simpler, older lenses with fungus - I wonder if they would be easier.
Forum: General Photography 07-23-2018, 08:49 PM  
40 years of cameras
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 7
Views: 759
What do you think the next two will look like?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2018, 03:13 PM  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Also similar experience as I've had.

. Concur. I keep thinking that based on optics feedback, if Pentax had just made this lens in the same way as they made the 12-24, it would have been a GEM of a lens. That is not what they chose, however.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 07:20 AM  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 18
Views: 897
I have the DA 17-70 that dates to about that time. The SDM died in 2013 and I paid about your quote to have it repaired in Chandler AZ. I used it on K100d Super and K5 classic. Supposedly it was repaired with an upgraded SDM so should not have been a problem any longer. In 2014 the lens began to have focusing issues in the 50-70 mm range, but was fine and fast otherwise. I basically set it aside to try the DA* 16-50 and that is what I mostly use now. I'm debating what to do with the lens at this point. As for image quality, range, and overall use it is a great lens. I really loved it, and maybe that is why I've held onto it. I believe I have heard a few here report that their focusing issues were much better when they updated to a newer camera body, but I've not done that, obviously.

As I've considered repair, I have also noted as others have that you can buy a used lens for about the repair price, and a new one for not much more. It makes the repair question more difficult. You asked was I satisfied with the repair. Initially, definitely for about a year or a little longer. After the 50-70 mm focus issues crept back in, I was a little less satisfied.

I hope this provides a little perspective. Good luck with your decision. It is a great lens, and another way to think about is that if you spend for the repair, you may have a great lens for a long time. If it does not work out......well, there are lots of things in the photography world that cost more than $220 just to give something a try to see how it goes.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-20-2018, 05:41 PM  
NEW K-3ii owner
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 14
Views: 1,154
I'm also a Corel user, have been for years, but I'm using a version about 3 years old and it still does what I need it to. So I can recommend it, but regrettably I don't have much comparison experience.

I tend to be in the "you get what you pay for" camp for most things, so I have to think that the support and updates for paid software would be better. But many people report they like the freebies.

I've been tempted to try Lightroom, though.

Good luck with your decision.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2018, 06:35 PM  
Your "minimum kit" per purpose
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 46
Views: 1,697
General travel, and I most often find that I'm just using my K-5 and the DA*16-50. I elect not to go wider or longer. IQ with that combo is quite nice, IMO. WR also.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-22-2018, 12:19 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,496
Thank you for these perspectives. I should have recalled that photography today covers the ENTIRE range of possibilities. It does appear that it could be rewarding to do film processing. It is very hard for me to imagine myself using this gear and actually achieving something remotely useable, however.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-16-2018, 01:12 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,496
Who uses this type of equipment these days? I have actually thought about doing film, but decided against it. Did you notice the ad's contact information: Respond by telephone only. Do not text or email. Please call at 2 zero 8-Nine 39-2 six 32.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-08-2018, 09:13 AM  
DSLR vs. DSLM : actual data overview 2012-2018
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 70
Views: 3,493
Interesting. Thanks for preparing and sharing. I wonder what the future holds in store?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-08-2018, 09:08 AM  
Telephoto lens suggestion for APSC and 35mm film cameras
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 22
Views: 986
My DA 55-300 was good enough for outdoors during daylight hours. It was woefully inadequate in a well-lit gymnasium. For that, get a 2.8 something and a more modern dslr - much better high iso - than the 2006 vintage camera I was using at the time.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-08-2018, 08:58 AM  
I got one - I got one - I got one (K1M2)
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 8
Views: 1,333
Congrats! Remarkable that it was ahead of those others.

Did you have the first edition? Let us know how the update is.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2018, 07:47 AM  
Pentax Colors
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 1,146
Very little other camera use - Canon point and shoots from years ago. The Pentax is much newer and overall image quality, including colors, is generations better. Of my two Pentax cameras, at low ISO, i like the CCD picture colors better, and my DA 17-70 lens seems to produce great colors, moreso than the other lenses. This is likely subjective, I'm thinking. I mostly shoot jpeg and at base camera settings, so camera processing adjustments are part of that as well.

This is an off-topic comment, but I have wondered if post processing can change virtually ANYTHING about a digital photo to have it be what one wants. Some say that some lens characteristics cannot be duplicated in post processing, but I don't have the gears nor the skill to determine that for myself.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-19-2018, 08:28 PM  
Top Ten of the the 10 best selling cameras in Japan
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 40
Views: 2,831
5 DSLR's (3 full frame)
3 mirrorless
2 point and shoot

So if that represents the market it would appear that DSLR's and APS-C and full frame still have a viable place. So that may be good news for Pentax. Or am I extrapolating too far with too little data?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2018, 07:31 PM  
I've been Megabitten
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 41
Views: 2,256
I'm very much an amateur, but here is what I've learned. In terms of image quality, my largest improvements are due to a. the computer monitor I'm viewing the photos on, b. the lens used, and, lastly, the body, in that order. I shoot mostly in jpeg. The camera bodies are K100d Super, and K-5.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-26-2018, 06:18 PM  
Maximum ISO for flash work
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 1,167
I did a quick Google query and found no good guidance for the maximum iso that I should use for flash work. Do you all have a maximum Iso that you will never exceed for flash work?
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